Nine charged with drink driving

JOHOR BARU: Nine people, including a woman, have been charged at a Magistrate’s Court here for drink driving under the newly amended Road Transport Act.

However, only eight of the accused pleaded guilty to the charge that was read out before magistrate Nurasidah A. Rahman.

According to the charge sheet, all the accused, aged between 25 and 56, were detained during the Ops Mabuk roadblocks carried out between Oct 23 to 25 in Johor Baru and Iskandar Puteri.

All were accused of driving above the prescribed limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

The act is an offence under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport (Amendment) Act, which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, a fine of between RM10,000 and RM30,000 and a revocation of their licence for two years or more.

Sitting and waiting: Some of the accused hiding their faces after arriving at the Magistrate’s Court in Johor Baru.Sitting and waiting: Some of the accused hiding their faces after arriving at the Magistrate’s Court in Johor Baru.

ASP Azmi Abdul Salam prosecuted while all of the accused were not represented.

The 56-year-old man, who pleaded not guilty, was ordered to hire a lawyer. He was also given a RM13,000 bail while remention was set on Nov 26.

The rest were sentenced by the court to undergo one week in jail and a fine of RM10,000 each in default of 10 months in prison.

Their driving licences were also suspended for two years.

The newly amended Road Transport Act came into effect on Friday.

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